(June 23m, 2017 – Toronto, ON) In addition to the films on today’s schedule there are a number of industry events that are pen to the public and free at the 15th Female Eye Film Festival. While all the films screen at the Fox Theatre in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto, the Industry events take place at the nearby Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Avenue.
At 2PM a 90-minute session features a panel titled Meet The Funders. This session is designed to provide information necessary for filmmakers, screenwriters, and producers to evolve their projects, steer them through the development phase, and get their pictures made through the public-funding sector. Moderated by Carol Whiteman, President & CEO Creative Women Workshops Association/Producer, WIDC program, panelists include Kelly Payne, Program Consultant, Industry Initiatives Ontario Media Development Corporation; Dan Lyon, Regional Feature Film Executive – Ontario and Nunavut, Telefilm Canada; Marcia Douglas, Program Manager, Bell Broadcast & New Media Fund; Kathleen Meek Production Executive, Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media; Melissa Amer, Deputy Director, English Services Market, Canada Media Fund Program Administrator; Monique Van Remortel, Director, Business & Rights, Unscripted Programming CBC English Services.
Also free and open to the public at 4PM, The Female Eye will recognize Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, with a Best in the Biz Tribute. Creighton is an industry leader in arts, culture, and media, recognized for reenergizing some of the country’s most important organizations in the sector over the last 30 years. An expert in organizational change, Valerie has been recognized as a visionary in promoting Canada’s cultural wealth.
Currently serving as President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, Valerie positions Canadian programming at the forefront in world markets advocating successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms. Valerie has taken part in foreign trade missions and been recognized with numerous awards nationally and from her home province of Saskatchewan, where she owns and operates the Red Horse Ranch.
Last but far from least, the Female Eye presents its Annual Live Pitch event. Open to the public, industry & festival delegates, filmmakers will have a chance to pitch their next project to a panel of judges who will decide who gets the $2500 cash prize to help them take their film to the next stage. Judges on the panel include Peter Apostolopoulos, President, TriBros. Studios; Powys Dewhurst, Business Development, Urban Post; John Bain, President, Search Engine Films; Caitlin Carmody, Development Coordinator, Don Carmody Productions; Kim Haladay, Partner, Business Development, Propagation Media; Meghan Armstrong, COO, AIC Studios and William Scoular, Stage Director, Writer and Filmmaker. There are 10 projects pitching this year, with 7 of them from Canada. The Live Pitch event starts at 5:30 and is scheduled to run until 7PM.
All of these Industry events take place at the Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Avenue, which is about an 8-minute walk from the Fox Theatre on Queen Street East.
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